Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity has become a major health problem in the United States because of the staggering numbers in the past few decades. Not only has obesity tripled over the past thirty years, it continues to affect children of all ages. There are several other risk factors for childhood obesity but most importantly poor eating habits and the lack of physical activity are the leading causes due to lifestyle and environmental changes. The health risks and social effects of obesity can negatively affect the child’s quality of life and shorten their lifespan but with the help of parents, school districts, and the government obesity can be controlled and prevented. Childhood obesity is a problem that affects Americans at a startling, epidemic rate that spreads across all age groups, races, genders, and families. There are alarming numbers reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a 2014 article, the CDC reports that “approximately 17% or 12.5 million children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years are obese” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014, para. 1). CDC defines obesity in children with a body mass index (BMI) at or above 95th percentile of the same age and sex, which usually begins in children between the ages of 5 and 6 (CDC, 2014). Children with a parent who is obese have a 50 percent chance of becoming obese themselves, and if both parents are obese than a child has an 80 percent chance of becoming obese; studies have shown that obese children are more likely to become obese adults and obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe than as a child (American Academy of Children & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2011). Obesity is a vicious cycle that affects both children and adults if not taken care of early on. Obesity in children should be taken seriously because it can create several health and social consequences that may become chronic in adulthood if not treated. Some Americans believe obesity in children is a cosmetic problem, which is far from the truth and research has proven that obesity can cause many immediate health problems in children, if not treated the health effects can be long-term through adulthood (Burniat, 2002). Some of the health problems of obesity in children are: diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, orthopedic disorders, respiratory disease, and even some cancers (CDC, 2014). Childhood obesity affects children physically, mentally and emotionally. Children with obesity are at higher risk to develop psychological problems, per the American Academy of Children & Adolescent Psychiatry, (2011) obese children tend to have much lower self-esteem that can lead to anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and a poor body self image. Children that are obese are also at a greater risk to be teased and bullied by other children, which creates mental and emotional damage. Studies have shown that medical spending is much higher for obese individuals than for individuals who are not obese, and as nutritional science expert Wendy Wolfe states, “shockingly, the cost of treating obesity-related diseases in the United States now exceeds the cost of tobacco and alcohol related diseases combined” (Wolfe, 2003, p. 23). Obesity comes at a high price that can be a financial burden for years on a family. Poor nutrition and lack of physical activity are not the only reason for childhood obesity but are the two main reasons that can play a major role in the alarming numbers. Wendy Wolfe testifies on the growing numbers of children with obesity and states, “The childhood obesity epidemic is an indicator of underlying poor nutrition habits and low physical activity” (Wolfe, 2003, p.23). Since obesity is caused mostly by consuming more calories than the ones that are burned, making good nutritional choices and being involved in daily physical activity is the key. In today’s society, children are not consuming enough whole grains,…
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their perception, influence mood for the better, and use for relaxation purposes. However, many people have a delusional assumption regarding this drug. This is because they are under the impression that marijuana is harmless; this is not the case. A research conducted by Boothroyd found that the use of the drug impinges on the brain that is responsible for memory consequently causing memory loss (Boothroyd, 127). The drug also affects learning capabilities of the victim as well as the attention span…
How does an imposed requirement of regularly identifying exposure to operational risk benefit an insurance company?
The topic of this research paper is how an imposed requirement of regularly identifying exposure to operational risk benefits an insurance company. Risks occur naturally in all business, but if risk is not controlled, there are plenty of consequences that can arise. Insurance companies deal with risk everyday, ranging from fraud, car theft, health…
Business Research Application Paper
September 24, 2010
Business Research Application
Research is an essential part of the decision-making process. Cooper defines research as, “the process of planning, acquiring, analyzing, and disseminating relevant data, information, and insights to decision makers in ways that mobilize the organization to take appropriate actions that, in turn, maximize performance” (2011, p. 4). In a school setting, the school board, administration…
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Identifying Improved Methodology to Procure HIT Software Benefits Users
Researchers conducted a study conducted at The University of Utah
Healthcare system (comprising of 3 major hospitals) on the usability of their health
information technology (HIT) software. Evaluators found 60 usability problems and
233 heuristic violations (Guo et al., 2011). Heuristic is defined by Oxford Dictionaries…
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Nanotechnology: How far can it go and how long
will it take?
Imagine being able to swallow a vial of liquid and have it cure cancer. That
sounds like a pretty strong, expensive medicine, but in fact it is not a medicine at all.
They are tiny little robots that are programmed to pick unhealthy cells and destroy
them but also to use the matter from the destroyed cells to create more tiny robots.
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A look into the Memory Retention: Can stimulants increase a person’s memory? A quantitative research proposal.
For this research proposal, memory will be looked into to see whether a person’s memory can be increased via the intake of stimulants. This quantitative research will then look into whether there are any future benefits in consuming stimulants if memory is found to be increased. There is already research similar in nature…
Research Paper 1
How safe are the government facilities?
Empire State University
Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery
April 01, 2015
Research Paper 2
On March 9th 2015 an email was sent out to every Army…
Research papers are a common type of paper for students to write, especially when they are attending college. These papers require students to perform research, such as utilizing primary and secondary sources to draw new conclusions. For students who have not written this type of paper before, it may seem daunting. There are many free sample research papers online for those who want to see how to structure their paper and other details.Diane Hacker, an author who writes manuals for students writing…
Billions of dollars are spent every year on psychologist, psychiatrist, and counselors only to discover that one of the key elements missing in their child is resiliency. Resiliency for the purpose of this study is defined as the appropriate personality such as strength and positive adaptation that help a person or family cope with stress or life difficulties, increasing the likelihood…